Thursday, September 5, 2013

Self-Worth, Value, & The Real Thing

Here it is, September already. Labour Day is behind us, and after a month of not writing any blog posts, I've been putting my energies into my daily long hand journaling. I haven't been contemplating my belly button exactly, nor  having "Deep Thoughts" like those of SNL's, Jack Handy, but being introspective about family and life. I know this isn't anything new, but it is an essential luxury to have the down time to do this in life. A big part of this for me is why I write. It's like going into the woman cave and emerging, renewed, regrouped, gettin' my groove back, which I surely will need in the wooly days of Winter.

Summer has been full of emotional ups and downs, having attended a family funeral, and a wedding within a two week period, experiencing many intense happy-sad feelings, along with very significant deep healing that took place within my family, for which I am very grateful.

I am also very grateful and happy to share with you, that I had some very exciting developments happen around my art work, with the exception of one art experience, that made for disappointment, but not surprize, however another important lesson was learned, hopefully not to be repeated! I will spare you the gory details, suffice to say I read an article, In Search of The Real Thing , written by Meg Wolitzer, from FT Magazine , that helped me to better recognize and come to terms with some of the very unpleasant realities many artists confront within the art world and in living every day.

"It seems that we recognize talent far more easily when it’s accompanied by success. " - Meg Wolitzer .

This simple, yet powerful statement helped to clarify, and to affirm my sense of value and passion for creativity, the work I do, and who I am as an artist.

Last month, I sold two of my paintings, which I was over the moon about, and certainly gave me a great deal of encouragement. There is nothing quite like the feeling you get from selling your work, especially to someone who really appreciates what it is you actually do as an artist. They get you! Simultaneously, it is just as greatly appreciated monetarily, by an artist who struggles financially in a society who much of the time undervalues the artist, and creativity.
These are the two egg tempera paintings I sold, which were part of a series entitled, Women of War.

Following this celebratory event, on August 19th - September 1st, I participated in a group exhibit at the Tourist Trap, located in Musquidobit Harbour, in support of a cause close to my heart, Hope For Wildlife. There were six artists, including myself. They were, Mindy Harris, Anne-Renee Dumont, Kim Dano, Timothy Ediger, Adele McFail.

Crescent Moon Bear
Seal Skin Soul Skin
Wolf Woman
Unfortunately, I was unable to attend the opening because of my seemingly, never ending car problems. I had three paintings submitted, two of them for sale, with 60% going directly to Hope For Wildlife. Prints were produced of the original paintings, and all the income from these will be going toward the santuary.

This month I will be submitting two egg tempera paintings on six by six inch masonite tiles. These will be part of an exhibition to be held, in October 17th - November 3rd 2013, at the Craig Gallery, Alderney Landing, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, for The 15th Annual Mosaic For Mental Health 2013 Art Exhibition & Sale, with the Theme. Transformation & Triumph. All proceeds toward the support of Social Programs provided by the Canadian Mental Health Association, Halifax-Dartmouth Branch. For more information  you can visit

So now that September has arrived my thoughts are of very fond memories of attending Mount Allison University, and am nostalgically thinking about all the new and returning students as the University year begins. I am however, grateful to have no worries or concerns about pending assignments, and the many stresses related to being a student.

 I am very content these days to find myself settled into my routine of making art and following my passion for the creative process. In between my art making, I work in my garden, and am happily canning my harvest and labour at stacking four cord of Winter wood.

Life is very good as an artist, that I wouldn't trade for the world, inspite of my lack of funds, and lack of so called "success".  I look forward to the Fall, and even the Winter here in Nova Scotia, living one day at a time, in the countryside, putting my talents to good use, today and every day, in the coming year and into a hopeful future.

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